Performing Arts

Terry Mackin, Mason Granger and Emerson Coleman
More than 200 people celebrated at the premiere party hosted by WDSU News Channel 6 on Aug. 14 for a documentary commemorating the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“Song for New Orleans” celebrated the soul of the city and reflected upon the city’s status as “The Birthplace of Jazz.”

The documentary depicted the story of how displaced members of the Rebirth Brass Band returned to New Orleans after the storm, and put forth a great effort into the city’s musical recovery. The documentary also features Charmaine Neville, Donald Harrison Jr., Harry Connick Jr., Kermit Ruffins, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis and Monk Boudreaux. Emmy award-winning actor Andre Braugher narrates the documentary.

An ensemble of NOCCA musicians played before and after the screening and hors d’oeuvres were provided by Palate. The Rebirth Brass Band performed after the film was over.

The parent company of WDSU NewsChannel 6, Hearst-Argyle Television, aired “Song for New Orleans” at its other stations in order to promote awareness and foster the continued support of the effort to rebuild.

William Oliver and Helena Moreno

Irving Mayfield and Norman Robinson